William O'Brien State Park

Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota

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William O’Brien State Park is a popular—and easily accessible—recreation area conveniently located just one hour east of the Twin Cities. Here, the St. Croix River, designated a wild and scenic river, stretches for miles until it joins the Mississippi downstream. The featured hiking trail encompasses much of the park, skirting ponds and marshes and traveling through a landscape of rolling meadows, restored prairies and oak savannas, and stands of white and red pines. A trail leading off the main trail crosses Highway 95 to take you to the river and additional recreational options. This park is a favorite among canoeing and boating enthusiasts because of its access to the St. Croix.
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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

William O’Brien State Park is a popular—and easily accessible—recreation area conveniently located just one hour east of the Twin Cities. Here, the St. Croix River, designated a wild and scenic river, stretches for miles until it joins the Mississippi downstream.

The featured hiking trail encompasses much of the park, skirting ponds and marshes and traveling through a landscape of rolling meadows, restored prairies and oak savannas, and stands of white and red pines. A trail leading off the main trail crosses Highway 95 to take you to the river and additional recreational options. This park is a favorite among canoeing and boating enthusiasts because of its access to the St. Croix.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marine on Saint Croix
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 820 feet
Top Elevation: 990 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: William O’Brien State Park, Marine-on-St. Croix, MN; (651) 433-0500; www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks; Department of Natural Resources, Information Center, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (800) 646-6367 (only in MN)
Local Maps: USGS Marine on St. Croix
Driving Directions: Directions to William O'Brien State Park

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